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  CNN    Erin Burnett Out Front    News/Business.  
   Erin Burnett.  (2012)  

    December 14, 2012
    11:00 - 12:00am PST  

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those that are lost are young children. >> people's children, brothers and sisters were taken from them. people's spouses. the teachers and d main straight -- administrators were taken. >> i have to commend the staff of the school who were there for the children which is what teachers are all about. it was most obvious today. most obvious today what they really are about as teachers. to all of them, i say thanks on behalf of all of us. good evening. breaking news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight.
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i can tell you his mother nancy lanza was found dead at the family home here in newtown, as well. she had been a teacher at the sandy hook elementary school. the school's principal dawn hochsprung was among those killed and tonight a friend remembered her as "quote, the kind of person you would want to be educating your kids. school psychologist mary sherlock was also kilged.
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this afternoon afternoon the brother, ryan lanza was taken in for questioning by police and he was handcuffed. officials did not label him a suspect. the gunman's father was also questioned in relation to what happened here today. tonight, a nation in mourning. candle light vigils were held in newtown and across the country. there was one just outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between
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the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. >> reporter: the president, incredibly emotional as he . a masser of innocent tiny children and the weapons used nothing short of terrifying. our susan candiotti has been following the developments today. three different weapons found in different places, very, very dangerous weapons. >> that's right. two of the weapons were found on the shooter himself n the classroom where he was found dead. one of them is a glock and the other is a cigging sauer. both handguns.
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a third weapon was found in a car in a vehicle, may have been his outside of the school. >> is that the vehicle that had been parked erratically and roped off with the crime tape? >> exactly. they were paying a lot of attention, closely examining the car. the third is a semiautomatic known as a bushmaster .223. we understand all of the weapons belonged to his mother. his mother was a schoolteacher at the school. they were registered in the state of connecticut, as well. trying to piece this all together, why did she have those guns? how did he get them? >> just one area i know will be a huge topic of conversation for days and months to come. another big question for so many the names of these children. there are 20 children who died. there are six adults who died in the school. there's nancy, the mother who died in her residence. when will we find out the official identities of these
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victims? >> right. law enforcement authorities are telling us it will be tomorrow morning. they expect to be releasing the identities. they have been working diligently to check, double check and triple check that they have all of the right people and obviously that everyone, members of the family have been notified. expect to hear that in the morning. >> so sad to see by exclusion they have made the identities obvious to family members who did not get reunited with their children but the positive i.d.s they talked about a forensic project they will be working on where the children's bodies are. thank you so much. we appreciate it. >> you are welcome. >> our drew griffin has been busy working on whatever information we can find on this person, the shooter. adam lanza. what have you found out, drew? >> having covered so many of these, in fact with susan candiotti it is playing out almost in a sickening routine a shooter with a possible mental health issue with family, possibly trying to deal with
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those issues, smag snaps, powerful guns easily accessed and you have an outburst of violence. the case is playing out just exactly in that order. here's what we know the 20-year-old shooter had an older brother. that brother reportedly told abc news, the brother had a personality disorder. he also mentioned his brother had autism or was autistic. cnn heard the same flfgs a man who called himself a friend in newtown where the shooter lived. so we are seeing a base for some mental health questions being raised. >> one more question. and drew, niquickly, is anyone talking about warning signs? >> other than what i just mentioned not yet. i expect we will see more detail on that. right now, also somewhat standard in these cases, you will find people shocked this person could have been involved in anything like this. listen to what we heard from a former classmate and a former
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school bus driver who knew this 20-year-old. >> just a kid. >> just a kid. >> just a kid. >> never anti-social? >> no. no. >> troublemaker. >> no. definitely not. >> noticeable? did he just blend in to the background? >> yeah. nothing that would warrant any of this. >> they are saying he went after his mom and her class of kids. can you wrap your head around that? >> no. i cannot. i don't know anyone who would do anything like this. >> so your general sense is what? >> this is unspeakable. i first heard about it. i'm still in shock. give me a moment. i want to go. i'm going to go walk around. >> he was a nice kid, very
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polite. she raised very nice boys to me. that's why i think it is a shock to even though them and realize who they are and what he did. you can't understand what happened that he snapped, have what you and he took such innocent lives. >> ai'm /*. >> i'm convinced in the coming days, even tomorrow there there were warning signs, mental health issues and a family that felt they had nowhere to turn. we have seen it in virginia tech and the shooting of gabrielle giffords in aurora, colorado. i'm sure we will see that. what we will not see really for the families is any kind of explanation that will make sense of this. right now it is just senseless. >> just so unbearably difficult to digest, especially here on the scene.
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without question something had to be terribly wrong. drew griffin reporting for us live. thank you so much. there's one name you will likely hear more of. her name is katlin roy. she is a first grade teacher at sandy hook elementary school. she is being hailed as a hero. she saved a number of students in her classroom. she spoke exclusively with diane sawyer earlier. have a listen. >> in my mind i'm thinking, you know, as a 6, 7-year-old, what are your thoughts? what are your -- i'm thinking that i have to almost be their parent. like i have to tell them, you know so i said to them. i need you to know that i love you all very much and that it's going to be okay. because i thought that was the last thing they were going to hear. i thought we were all going to die. i don't know if that is okay. you know teachers. but i wanted them to know someone loves them and last
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thing that they heard not the gun fire in the hallway. just horrible. horrible. >> incredibly emotional story. >> i'm joined by the hopkins family, bob and his children julia and bobby. bob, i want to ask you about a friend of yours who's a basketball coach here in town who has two children attending sandy hook. one of those children was a first grader who witnessed something absolutely unbelievable. i want you to recount for me the story if you will. >> absolutely. just spoke to them an hour or so ago. any way, his young son was in class and the shooter broke in to the classroom an and in front of his eyes gunned down the teacher. he was astute enough to take a couple of the students and he ran out the door behind the back of the shooter and ran out of the school and continued to run for a half mile until he hit the main road. a stranger picked up the kids and took them to the newtown police department. unbe knownst to the parents when
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they went to talk to the state troopers, et cetera, their son was unaccounted for. so they told them to look in the woods, go door to door, talk to people and for an hour or so they had no idea where their son was. they called the police department a couple of times and they had no record of him being there. finally after an hour and a half they called and were relieved to find out their son had been dropped off at the police department safe len sound. >> at that time they must have thought the worst. >> they thought the worst. it was very difficult time for them. he said it was the worst hour and a half he's ever experienced in his life. >> police interviewed this first grader, i'm guessing he's 6, 7 years old. >> he's 6 years old. they did interview him since he was there. >> what was he able to tell them? what details. >> they asked him, the interview was very elementary but they asked what he saw. asked his recollection of the room. he said i saw a bunch of silver
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bullets on the floor of the classroom and when i got out to the hall i saw a bunch of bullets in the hall and they weren't silver. they were red so unfortunately covered in plood in the hallway and from that point he just ran and sprinted at the school. >> did he give a description any further about the shooter, his face? did the shooter say anything. did he have a look in his eye, anything like that? >> he didn't say the shooter said anything. he described what he looked like. it is a very elementary description because he's 6 years old. his descriptive skills are not that acute. >> julia, you have a different story. you are in the middle school here in town. you went in to lockdown right away as soon as this happened. did you know what was happening? i know everyone has cell phones and might have been text messages but did you know what was going on? >> no. i had no clue many what was going on until the first hour.
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we were in lockdown. a teacher said there was a shooting down the road. >> you have a classmate who has a little brother at the school. >> the boy i was sitting next to during the lockdown, his little brother ended up dying. >> how did he find that out? >> i'm not sure. i haven't talked to him yet today but i know during the lockdown he didn't say anything. i didn't even know he had a little brother at sandy hook school until i found out his brother had died. >> he hadn't been concerned at the time of finding out the fate of his brother while he was in lockdown in your classroom. >> it didn't seem like it. >> bobby, you were in another school, as well. and you also fwhent to lockdown. what was the experience for you? what happened. >> it was a little different because we were in church at the time, school mass and monday se -- monsignor said we needed to end mass and go in to lockdown and
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we sat and waited. we could hear sirens for an hour. >> did you, like your sister, also eventually find out what was going on? >> yeah. we eventually went back to the school and my class was locked down in the basement. our teachers told us there had been a shooting and there were fatalities but i didn't know the seriousness of it until my dad picked me up from school and on the car ride he said there were quite a few fatalities. >> are you okay? >> we went to the vigil at 7:00 which was emotional. >> you are awfully young to be digesting. none of us is handling this well and you are awfully young, you and your sister. >> it didn't really sink in. i was numb up until the vigil and then i think everyone broke down at the vigil because it was so sad to see everyone there and see actually 28 candles on the alter to represent the victims.
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>> actually just pass the mic to your dad. bob, an incredible moment at the vigil. there was a letter read from the pope. >> it was a letter written by pope benedict to our community specifically, which was very touching. and very meaningful and meant a great deal to the whole community. on top of that it was emotional for us is month senior weiss talked about in his homily the time he spent with the 20 families today and in particular mentioned two little angels, one of whom the mother of the victim said she went out recently and got her first communion dress and her daughter was very excited about that and the other little angel was going to be playing an angel in our school play at saint rose next week. it was a poignant story and very emotional for us to hear and
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digest. >> how is your friend, the basketball coach whose child went through this harrowing ordeal? >> i think the best way to describe it is traumatized. he's a wonderful man, wonderful person, wonderful family. although he is incredibly grateful that his son is safe, his heart is certainly bleeding for the other children in the classroom because two of his sons classmates did parish in the saga they told you. when the gunman came in, that was the second classroom he came in and two of this boy's classmates were killed today. >> and he witnessed it. >> he witnessed his own teacher being shot. thank you very much. our hearts go out to all of you hear. the nation is in mourning with everybody here in newtown. i hope you are going to be okay and hug your kids tight. >> we will. >> thank you. >> coming up next, the haskins
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>> this is a community of 27,000 people. it is quiet and spacious and the houses where trees stretch for long periods between houses and still a close town. and people know each other. and that's why they needed something, anything to try to come together after the horrors that they were forced to endure today. the fact that so many of their
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children in this community will no longer be with them. they gathered at a catholic church in town called saint rose of lima. jason carroll was there for the vigil and it was standing room only. there are hundreds of people that came out. as you said, they wanted something, anything. they were leaning on each other and leaned on their faith and that's why they came here today. no question about it. spoke to a deacon who said, as you said, when you have a community this close it should be no surprise. when you have hundreds of people that come out, most of them at the church tonight knew someone at the school. if it wasn't a child it was a parent. if it wasn't a parent it was a teacher. if it wasn't a teacher it was an administrator. that's why they came here today for comforting words that they got from monsignor robert weiss
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who read a letter from the pope. >> i convey my heart felt grief and the assurance of my personal prayers to the victims and their families. to all of those in the community of newtown and especially the parish of saint rose of lima. in the aftermath of the senseless tragedy, i ask god our father to console all of those who mourn and sustain the entire community with the spiritual strength which triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love. >> and one of the deacons here at the church when i spoke to him about what he was doing he said throughout the day he had received 100 people that come through church doors looking for comfort and answers. many of them asking why, why something like this could happen and all he could say is i told them sometimes there are no answers. not now. it is too soon. maybe this is something only god
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can answer. >> jason, one of the adults, one of the six adults killed in the school was the school principal named dawn hochsprung . have you learned anything about her? >> you are hearing so much about her from so many people out here. 47 years old, two daughters three step daughters. she had been the principal at sandy hook elementary since june of 2010. she was constantly twittering. so proud of her school. twittering about the fourth graders just this week. from all accounts she was a woman who loved her student and her job. when we talk about this close community it no surprise to find a man out here who knew her and knew her well and i want you to listen to what he had to say about her. >> dawn the principal at sandy
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hook i had dinner with her last spring. she was an incredible educator and to lose somebody like that in our district it is sad because they lost a leader today at sandy hook. my prayers will be for, you know, our community, as well. >> as you heard him say, lost a leader in this community. dealing with this loss, dealing with the pain and suffering, this is what this community will be having to try to cope with from this point on i mean for days, weeks, months and certainly for the parents of those children. there's no saying how long they will be dealing with their grief. >> so distressing, jason, to know the principal had just this fall implemented a brand new security system where you had to get buzzed in at 9:30 in the morning and yet this was perpetrated against her school. jason carroll reporting for us live across town from where i
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am. part of the reason i am where i am right now is that the media has been getting regular updates at this location, not only from the state police but also from connecticut's governor who has come at regular intervals not only at the location to brief us but he has spoke on the the families. the families given the terrible news they would not be reuniting with their children and he made another stop at the vigil jason just reported on. here's some of the things he told those in grief. >> good evening, everyone. month senior, thank you very much for opening this very beautiful church so that we might in a communal way find solace in one another. as a result of the unspeakable having occurred in this community. people's children, brother and sisters were taken from them.
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people's spouses, teachers and administrators were taken from us. yet we stand in a church and many of us today in the coming days will rely upon that which may have been taught and that we inherently believe that there is faith for a reason. and that faith itself is god's gift for all of us. in these times of troubles when the unthinkable happens in our very midst, our faith is tested. not just in the religious sense. not just necessarily our faith in god, but our faith in community and who we are and what we collectively are. it's in so many ways permissible
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to have those thoughts and those doubts about who we are and what we are and what community reps. but then we turn to understand as we turn around in this room and recognize our friends and our neighbors, those we are done things for and those who have done things for us. this is a great and beautiful community located in a great and beautiful state and a great and beautiful nation. in the coming days and in the coming weeks, i would pray with you will all embrace one another. that you lift one another up. that you understand the difficulties that you collectively will undergo. keep in your prayers the children who lost their lives today. keep in your prayers the adults who lost their lives today.
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understand that a test is just that, that which we rise to and answer and respond to. in the coming days, as many of us prepare to celebrate the birth of christ, understand that that, too, will bring sorrow as we think of these instances that have happened to close to these days. that that too will pass and be overcome. in all of our prayers and the prayers and hopes of all of the public officials assembled here today and in the preference of your -- i bring the condolences of the entirety of the state to you the members of this community. may god bless you. may god bless our children who are with us today and those who were taken away. and may god bless the adults who lost their lives today. thank you.
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>> i wanted to share with you one of the more poignant stories that i learned today from a nurse named maureen. she wanted to volunteer. when she heard what was going on at the school, she and another nurse raced to the school to help and found themselves surprised there was nothing for them to do. sadly, they began to understand that there would be no more survivors coming out of the school. so they made their way to the fire station which was a staging area for parents to be reunited with their kids. of course it was a staging area where a lot of parents wouldn't be reunited with their children either. the sad story she told me is the moment that unfortunately the authorities had to tell these parents there were no more survivors. another witness who was in that area said that the cries and the wails were overwhelming. it was one of the more difficult things to have to undergo.
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there were two priests on the scene, as well. two grief counselors that were there to try to handle what was going to happen with these approximately 50 people. if you think of it, there were 20 kids and they all have parents. roughly 50 people had to endure that terrible moment when they were told they would likely never see their children again. coming up, a woman who works at a day care here in town tells us that many of her day care students had graduated to become students at sandy hook elementary. shez she's going to talk to us in a moment.
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woor live in newtown, connecticut tonight in a story that overwhelmed many people as it began to unfold today. it began as a story we have often covered before. shots may have rung out at a school, but as the details rolled in, and as the magnitude of this horror unfolded, it was astounding the sheer numbers that were involved. here's how the day played out. >> we are following this report that there's been a shooting at an element industry school, an elementary school named sandy hook. >> the intercom came on and she heard a scream and gunshot, two gunshots. >> off-duty troopers responded to the school and with newtown police immediately upon arrival entered the school and began a complete active shooter search of the building. >> they had to hide in the closet and they were quiet. the children were obviously very shaken. they were crying in the closet. >> i saw some of the bullets
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going past the hall and then a teacher pulled me in to her classroom. >> the police came in and it's like is he in here and he ran out. and then our teacher, then somebody yelled get to a safe place. >> i heard the principal is shot and killed. i heard some kids were shot. a teacher, mrs. hammonds was shot. >> 18 children were pronounced dead at the school. two were transported to area hospitals and pronounced dead at the hospitals and six adults pronounced dead at the school. >> the perpetrator of the crime is dead, as is an individual who the perpetrator lived with. >> adam lanza's older brother, ryan lanza being taken in to custody today in hoboken. the 24-year-old ryan lanza is
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not charged with anything. at this point he is being questioned. >> there's a related scene that we discovered as we were continuing the criminal investigation. >> i ask god, our father, to console all of those who mourn and sustain the community with the spiritual strength that triumphs over violence by the power of forgiveness, hope and reconciling love. >> this was the second deadliest school shooting in american history. 20 young children lost their lives, ages 5 to 10. while the rest of their classmates were robbed of their innocence after witnessing this tragedy, these parents will forever be mourning. i want to introduce you to michelle. she used to work at a day care center and watch maryland of the children in the school at the time of the shooting. how did you find out what was happening today? >> earlier this afternoon i contacted a family that i have
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kept in touch with for many years and i asked if they were okay and he said they were home safe and sound but to pray for those who were so unfortunate. >> do you know if any of the kids that attended your day care were victims in this rampage. >> all of them at this point are home safe and sound. >> it you must have been an enormous relief. >> it is, yes. >> have you had a chance to talk to their parents or find out how they are doing? >> i did. they are very fortunate they are home and, you know, to pray for the ones that were not so fortunate in the shooting earlier today. they are very, happy that their little ones are home. >> you work at this day care, called the little explorers day care. >> yes. >> are you closed? are you going to be able to work on monday? is anything changing in terms of
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your security measures. how will this go forward looking after little ones? >> i worked there several years ago. but it is up and running as of today it. >> is running. >> it is. >> you also have a friend who is a teacher at the school. >> yes. i found out she was injured earlier today and last time i spoke to the family that keeps in touch with her she was still the hospital. >> how was she injured? >> she was shot in the foot. >> do you know if she was in that meeting whereby the principal and the school psychologist were shot dead? there was a report that three of these teachers in the meeting had emerged to the hallway when the gunshots rang out and only one came back and was injured in the foot or leg and i'm trying to put together whether it might have been your friend. >> it might have been the same person but i'm uncertain of that. but i know she was shot in the
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foot. >> how are you processing this? how are you doing? >> it is hard to handle seeing i had all all of these kid since they were 3. i keep in touch with all of the family and thankful they are home on this holiday with parents and praying if the ones that were injured. >> newtown is such a beautiful and quiet community. everyone who goes through a tragedy says it would never occur it would happen there and it wasn't occur it that would happen here. >> kit happen anywhere. it is small, quaint and quiet but it is unfortunate that it did happen. >> you and your neighbors going to be okay? >> yes, i'm home with my parents. we're going to be okay. >> michelle, thank you for joining us. >> thank you. >> thank you very much. i want to go back to my colleague drew griffin. there were a number of weapons recovered at the school. all of them, a three were owned by the shooter's mother. they were registered.
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connecticut has some of the toughest gun laws on the books in this nation and there are now calls for even stricter gun control. drew griffin has been looking in to that part of the story, as well. what can you tell me? >> we know the guns were legally owned because of connecticut's very strict gun laws. let me tell you what they are. the two handguns in the state of connecticut would require a certificate of possession. a five-year license, as it is, to obtain and own that weapon. it also comes with the requirement that you go through a training course, a handgun safety course. as for that assault rifle, if that is indeed an operating semi assault rifle, that gun is banned in connecticut. however, if the gun was purchased and in the possession of the mother prior to october of 1993, that gun would have been grandfathered in to her possession. although that would have to be registered to her with the
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state, as well. there are very strict gun laws in the state of connecticut, and yes, these guns were all legally owned. >> drew, the shooter in this case, adam lanza, he had no criminal record. no one can find anything that he's done wrong. would that have factored in to whether he would have had greater access to guns in the state? >> being 20 years old, there's no way legally he could have purchased a handgun, certificate or not. he was too young. he could not have purchased that assault rifle because it is banned. you can't buy them or obtain them or possess them in the state of connecticut unless you have that grandfather clause for a gun in the past. so legally speaking, he could not have owned these guns. i think we will turn to the fact that they were in the mother's home. obviously accessible, and how were they stored? did the mom know he was using,
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training with the guns? we will look at those type of issues, but as for the connecticut gun laws, to say this kid could have gone out and bought these guns, the answer is legally no. >> again, a glock, a sig sauer were found on his person in the school after he apparently killed himself and a bushmaster.223 was found the vehicle he had left erratically parked outside in front of the school. thank you for looking in to that. drew griffin reporting live for us. i want to talk you through how this played out. this particular school -- while not a large school it is somewhat spread out. sandy hook as a square formation and the shooter definitely took a certain path through the school. but as they said, the officials who spoke with us, he was not running through the halls and shooting. he was very specific where he
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targeted. have a look at how tom foreman lays this out for us. >> 9:30 this morning, it was a formal start to the day out here. 600 students in the class here. 50 faculty members. we don't have a complete read on the layout of the school or the time line. we are try piece together all day long as investigators have and we have some idea. the day was getting underway. had been underway 30 minutes. there was a meeting up here involving the principal, school psychologist and other adults in the area. and then 9:40, as best we can tell from witnesses, ten might be minutes later he enters the building. we're not sure how he got past the security system or if it was locked a that point. we know police have looked hard at a car in the fire lane. it is surround by tape the best i can tell them suggestion is that in fact the gunman did come
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through the front door here in to the school. almost immediately people throughout this building reported hearing gun fire. 9:41 is when the calls started to come in to 911. the principal, the vice principal and school psychologist in this meeting according to witnesses went out to the hall and went toward that gun fire to see what was happening. there was shouting. many shouts and shots and the vice principal came back in the meeting room wounded but the other two did not. authorities say all of the shooting happened really in a relatively short period of time and they said the gunman did not roam around but generally stayed in two rooms and a hallway up here. that's where they ultimately found him. 9:45, teachers were trying to protect students all throughout the school. some near the gym said they were told toll hide in closets and
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some others say they were let outside to flee. it's not clear if that happened with the teachers or later with them being helped out by some law enforcement officials. nonetheless, we know there was a real effort throughout the school to get all of these kids in to some sort of safety. this picture, by the way, from the newtown bee and there were teachers trying to do something about it and they didn't know what was going on. it is not clear at what point in this process that the gunman died. law officials say no officers fired a weapon, but they did find him dead in one of the rooms there, the suggestion probably that he killed himself. we will get more details as we go on. this is what we know. when law enforcement agents arrived at the school, they immediately set up a perimeter around it. it was state and local police and officers spred spread throughout the building. they entered to secure rooms, to find student and make sure if a gunman was active in there that they got him under control and
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killed him if they had to. then they quickly started to lead students away from the school trying to get them out to safety. this was a horrendous event as you know. very difficult even for the officers involved because they had to, as you said, tell many of these children, avert your eyes, close your cries because they knew they were going to lead them past many of the victims. oh, tom, such a difficult detail to listen to that the children had to avert their eyes as they escaped the school. it is not often that the president of the united states sheds a tear in public. today it happened. you'll see the president's moving tribute to the victims after the break. this evening michelle and i will do what i know every parent in america will do which is hug our children a little tighter. and we'll tell them that we love them. and we'll remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut who cannot do that
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for much of the day there was so much confusion on who the shooter who perpetrated this terrible act was. there was confusion because he was using i.d. that belonged to his brother a brother in hoboken, connecticut and that confusion led police to that brother's front door. he's been arrested now, as well and john berman has the details of how this played out. >> this street where i am standing now has been the site of a huge amount of activity today and a high number of questions. behind me is the apartment building where lives the brother of the shooting suspect, 24-year-old ryan lanza. he was led to a car in handcuffs
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by law enforcement officials earlier today. taken in to custody for questioning. also, questioned according to to sources telling cnn two roommates of the brother who lives here. they are believed to have no connection at all to the suspect. this building behind me is a five-story building with two and three-bedroom apartments. on this street earlier today were hoboken city police, jersey city police. there were bomb squad representatives, although they did not go in to the apartment building. also the fbi had a presence here. the fbi did remove materials from this apartment including, we believe, some kind of computer. there are questions about why the brother was taken in to custody at all, especially in handcuffs. one police officer on the scene did tell me that there apparently was some confusion that the brother's i.d. may have been found on the shooter's body in connecticut. that is one police officer who told me that.
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we are not sure at this time if ryan lanza is still in custody. again, he's the brother of the apparent shooting suspect who was dead and also the son of a woman who was killed today. >> all right. john berman reporting from hoboken. to add to that, the lanza's father was questioned by police. they are not suspects but have been questioned for any kind of information they can lend to this. i mentioned before it is not often you see a president in tears but it wasn't but a few hours this news hit the president's desk pretty quickly and the took though airways to offer his comfort and support to the victims here in newtown, connecticut. >> this afternoon i spoke with governor malloy and fbi director mueller. i offered governor malloy my condolences on behalf of the nation. and made it clear he will have
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every single resource that he needs to investigate this heinous crime care for the victims, counsel their family. we've endured too many of these tragedies in the last few years and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anyone else would as a parent. that is especially true today. i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same weather welling grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of five to 10 years old.
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>> they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers. men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children follow their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the families of the adults who were lost. our hearts are broken for the parents of the survivors, as well. for as blessed as they are to have their children home tonight, they know their children's innocence has been torn away from them too early and there are no words that will ease their pain. as a country, we have been through this too many times. whether it is an elementary
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school in newton or a shopping mall in oregon, or a temple in wisconsin, or a movie theater in aurora, or a street corner in chicago. these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods. these children are our children. we're going to have to come together and take meaningful reaction to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics. this evening, michelle and i will do what i know every parent in america will do, which is hug our children a little tighter and tell them that we love them and we will remind each other how deeply we love one another. but there are families in connecticut who cannot do that tonight. and they need all of us right now. in hard days to come, that community needs us to be at our best as americans, and i will do everything in my power, as president, to help.
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because while nothing can fill the space of a lost child or loved one, all of us can extend the hand to those in need to remind that that we are there for them, that we are praying for them, that the love they felt for those they lost endures not just in their memories, but also in ours. may god blesds the memory of the victims and in the words of skip chur, heal the broken hearted and bind up their wounds. >> we are indeed a nation in mourning tonight and it's known across the world what happened in america in newtown, connecticut. there's been reaction from world leaders who have written, who have made statements about this tragedy, and then there's the reaction from people. people from all corners of the world who now have social media to let us know to let their
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friends know, to let everyone know how they feel about what happened. josh has the reaction on twitter. >> people all over the world are expressing their sorrow and their horror at what has happened. this is now part of the story. the global reaction. in this era where you see that is on social media especially. look at some of the tweets that are getting a lot of attention. one here is from mike bloomberg in new york. he said my deepest sympathies are with families affected and my determination to stop this madness is stronger than ever. let's jump across the fond david cameron, prime minister of britain. my thoughts are with those who have been devastated by the connecticut shootings. the death of so many children is truly heart breaking. this is getting a lot of attention and it is interesting. d dee pack shop ra says he is
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observing silence on facebook and twitter in remembrance of those who killed. we will see if that catches on. we are talking to you across twitter and across all platforms. the real tragedy is we let it happen over and over again. one more sent to me here. hold your children tight and thank the lord for them. absolutely. i'm doing that and i know many of you are, as well. the facebook page for the school is getting a good amount of attention, as well. people are posting messages there. and we have an ireport for you to express your thoughts and condolences for the community and the victims and if and families. >> as we leave you tonight there's a very large project that lies ahead for the investigators for the police, for the responders here. this was such a massive crime scene that the processing of it alone will take at least throughout the night wch

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